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on 30 March 2013
i was engrossed from page 1 and struggled to put it down.very sad in a great many place particularily as these men gave their lives in the "war to end all wars" not a very good joke.highly recommended whether you know what went on in the first world war or not.i have now read it twice and will read it again one day.
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on 4 July 2013
I was attracted to this book as my Grandfather was an officer in WW1 and was killed after only a few weeks in France.
It is a sad tale of many young lives lost. A story which must be told. A special interest book for those with an interest in WW1 but not a jolly bed time story.
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One of the most fascinating and well researched histories of WW1 that I've read. The book concentrates on the social history of the conflict which really gives the reader a new and unusual insight into the lives of those who fought and remained at home nearly 100 years ago.
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on 3 February 2014
This is a really good account of the role of the young officers in the First World War. I suspect he may have 'borrowed' some of the material from Gary Sheffields excellent book on the same subject froma decade ago but its still a great read.
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on 6 August 2014
well written, well researched, should be required reading for everyone, dispels so many of the myths that people still hold as truth. Great for an aspiring young officer also! very inspirational.

Great stuff
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on 23 February 2012
I can remember standing in one of the First World War graveyards and hearing a (British) child, obviously one of a school party ask his teacher why there were so few officers graves, and hearing the answer along the lines of 'the officers herded all the poor tommies in front of them and of course fewer of them were killed.' Unfortunately the truth, obvious from even a cursory look at public school war memorials has been widely submerged for decades by this 'Blackadder' view of the First World War. I defy anyone, even those who who have read widely about the First World War, to read this book without getting at least moist around the eyes. Very highly recommended.
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on 3 September 2013
Some people may be aware, at the back of their minds but almost forgotten, of the appalling attrition
of WW1. This book brings it up close and, on occasions, very uncomfortably. Recommended reading.
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on 11 February 2014
This book gives lots of details on the existence of some of the officers during WW1. The offhand attitude of some of the generals that lead to a total waste of lives in the ranks.
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on 8 December 2013
The First World is of great interest to me . This book tells a story unknown to me from the usual histories. The lives and experiences of these young men came alive.
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on 28 August 2015
A moving tribute to some of the young, carefree, unknowing, extremely brave young men who went to war to do their duty in the face of so much horror
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